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Qeexo and its touchscreen software spin out of Carnegie Mellon, land $2.3M

Qeexo, a software startup focusing on a mobile touch screen technology called FingerSense, raised $2.3 million in venture cash Thursday.<p>The San Jose, Calif.-based startup was spun out of Carnegie Mellon University’s well regarded Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Qeexo employs nine people, …

Super Time Force Review

Retrocausality<p>Old-school throwbacks have been en vogue for several years now, so it's always refreshing to play a retro-inspired game whose claim to …

Experimental navigation system swaps satellites for quantum physics

GPS can be useful when you're trying to navigate to that hot new bar -- as long as your travels don't take you somewhere its signal can't reach. A new so-called quantum positioning system could pick things up when satellites fail, and help guide your way using super-cooled atoms. Aside from better …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

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The Navy Wants To Fire Its Ridiculously Strong Railgun From The Ocean

They want to test firing it from a ship in 2016, and again in 2018.<p>In 2016, the U.S. Navy is going to test a railgun—a weapon that can repeatedly launch a projectile at more than 5,000 MPH—from a boat. In 2018, they're going to do it again. And in the 2020s, the Navy is going to figure out just …

French scientists are working on an acoustic earthquake shield

A group of French scientists has developed a method of shielding cities from the force of an earthquake, and after devastating earthquakes in Chile, the idea is drawing some much-deserved attention. It works on the principle of refraction, planting an array of boreholes to redirect the …

Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

Astronomers have increased the size of the observable solar system after spotting a 450-km wide object orbiting the sun.<p>The lump of ice and rock circles the sun at a greater distance than any known object, and never gets closer than 12bn kilometres – 80 times the distance from Earth to the sun.<p>If …

7 Tall Tales About Life in the 1500s and the Origins of Phrases

It hits your email inbox with surprising regularity: “Life in the 1500s,” a collection of the incredible stories behind old sayings like "throw the …

South Park: The Stick of Truth let me do everything but be myself, and that's a bummer

I was genuinely bummed when I discovered I couldn't play as a little girl in <i>South Park: The Stick of Truth</i>.<p>I grew up on <i>South Park</i>. I was 9 when the first episode debuted in 1997, and I'd snuggle into our family room couch to watch it with my father. I know what <i>South Park</i> is about. I ripped the …

The Ring Input Device Puts Gesture Control And Home Automation On Your Finger

This embed is invalid<p>There was once a rumor that Apple would actually use a ring device for input to an Apple television. Neither of those gadgets exist yet, of course, but Ring is a Kickstarter project trying to fund a finger-based wearable that could enable the kind of controls envisioned in that …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

The Best Earth Pics From the Newest Landsat Satellite

Launched a year ago on Feb. 11, the Landsat 8 satellite has been capturing incredible images of Earth. As beautiful as these images are, the true …

How Real Is 'RoboCop'?

The futuristic cyborg might not be as far off into the future as we think.<p>This week, RoboCop steps back onto the screen. But unlike a cartoonish steel cyborg, the new Officer Alex Murphy is eerily imaginable. Director José Padilha and production designer Martin Whist were inspired by some of …

15 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To

Want to make conversations more fun? Consider the former meaning of these everyday words.<p>1. Ejaculate<p><b>Used to mean:</b> To utter suddenly and …

15 Charming Quotes from Sir Patrick Stewart

Whether you know him from <i>Star Trek, X-Men,</i> or his many theater performances, it’s hard not to love Sir Patrick Stewart. The oft-honored …

Will Betelgeuse explode someday?

Yes, it will. Someday the star Betelgeuse will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. …

12 Beautiful Options For Your Next Desktop Wallpaper

Joanne Harper is a screenshot artist, risking life and (her graphics card's) limb to bring you pictures of video games so pretty you'll want to stick …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

'Becoming More Visible' Seeks To Highlight Plights Of Homeless Trans Youth

"Becoming More Visible" is a groundbreaking film that hopes to elevate and generate awareness about the realities plaguing homeless transgender youth.<p>The project, conceptualized by Pamela French and photographer Josh Lehrer, challenges viewers to examine their own complacency in regards to …

13 Ailments 19th-Century Doctors Said Electrostatic Could Cure

Static electricity has been known to humanity for thousands of years—and for almost as long, electricity has been thought to have healing (if not …

5 Crazy Ways People Amused Themselves Before Television

Before people had hundreds of channels, if they wanted to watch surgery or gawk at celebrity babies, they had to actually leave the house. Here are …

12 New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013

With last year edging quickly out of view in 2014's rear view mirror, there's still a pivotal part of 2013 logophiles shouldn't be quick to forget: a …

What If? 19 Alternate Histories Imagining a Very Different World

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing …

10 Peculiar Things Public Schools Have Banned

We’ve all heard stories about schools banning books or gang-affiliated clothing, but there are many less-publicized bans in effect. Here are ten of …

The Treadmill Originated in Prisons

<b>by Cassie Arnold</b><p>Exercising on a treadmill often feels like torture, and that’s not exactly a coincidence.<p>In 1818, an English civil engineer named Sir …